Modern maternity services

The NHS five year forward view proposes a new care model for modern maternity services, stating that a review of future models for maternity units will recommend how best to sustain and develop maternity units across the NHS in England. 

NHS leaders have also pledged to make it easier for groups of midwives to set up their own NHS-funded midwifery services, and to ensure that tariff-based funding supports patient choices.

Research and insight

Staffing in maternity units

Staffing in maternity units publication cover

Following on from our previous inquiry into the safety of maternity services, we commissioned further research to consider the impact of using staff efficiently.

Event highlights

Delivering better maternity care


This conference explored the challenges around maternity service safety and provided practical ideas to support maternity units to provide better care.

Safer births toolkit

The Safer Births programme enabled frontline professionals working in maternity units to improve the safety of the services they deliver to women and their babies.
See the toolkit>